Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher

Readings/ Writers’ Conferences/ Courses Offered

Priscilla is author of five books:

  •  Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press)
  • Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press)
  • Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press)
  • The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (Wallingford Press)
  • Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry (Paragon House)

Regular Writing Courses Offered:

Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.  

Winter Seminar 2018. Meets at the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, midday, 12:45–3 p.m.

Four sessions, with portfolio due some weeks later. Cost $300. Limited to 10.

The winter seminar is closed.

Monday January 8, 2018 (Rm 221)
Skip M L King Day
Monday January 22, 2018 (Rm 221)
Monday January 29, 2018 (Rm 221)
Monday February 5, 2018. (Rm 221)


June Intensive 2018.  Meets at the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, four evenings, 7–9.

Four evenings in June, with portfolio due some weeks later. Cost $300. Limited to 10.
Monday, June 4, 7-9 p.m. (Rm 221)
Thursday, June 7, 7-9 p.m. (Rm 221)
Skip a week.
Monday, June 18, 7-9 p.m. (Rm 223)
Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. (Rm 221)


Tools for a Life in Art 

Three Saturdays, 1–3 o’clock
Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday June 16, 2018

Meets at
At BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network);
(Bainbridge Writers’ Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110)

To register, go here: (Class Code-WR0618PL)

It is remarkable how certain habits of life and work are common to world-class creators of the past and present—from painter to writer to composer  to photographer. Priscilla Long, poet, master teacher, and  author of the book Minding the Muse will lead this three- Saturday class in which we review these habits and  strategies and do writing exercises and a few assignments  to explore ways of bringing more of them into our own  creative process, whether we are just starting out or an  experienced artist or writer.     

Roll May said, “What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?” This three-Saturday course intends to nurture that fountainhead of human experience and to provide tools to help anyone’s creativity flourish. Bring a notebook to write in and the required text: Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators.